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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spanish Castle Magic: living towers made of humans

Spanish Castle Magic: living towers made of humans: "

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Video by Mike Randolph:

In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. This uniquely Catalan tradition requires astonishing strength, finesse, and balance. Not to mention courage.

Here are more photos of this amazing sport.

(thanks, Clayton Cubitt)


Detroit will pay you to take one of its houses

Detroit will pay you to take one of its houses: "Kevin-Bauman-house.jpg

Photo by Kevin Bauman. See more of Kevin's stunning photos of abandoned Detroit homes.

From Business Insider:

Mayor Dave Bing is trying to save Detroit by offering incentives to lure residents back to abandoned neighborhoods.

One program offers $150,000 in housing renovation money and requiring only $1,000 down to police officers who are willing to relocate to the city. Another offers college graduates $2,500 to rent and $20,000 forgivable loan to buy properties.

Potential home buyers can choose from plenty of cheap or free homes, especially in the blighted neighborhoods of Woodward Ave. and Brush Park.

Detroit Will PAY You To Take One Of These 100 Abandoned Homes


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

#702; The Manufacture of Anxiety

#702; The Manufacture of Anxiety: "

Peace of mind is really the only product in the world.

(Read this storyline from the beginning.)


How to Evaluate a News Story

How to Evaluate a News Story: "


Damselflies' curious mating posture

Damselflies' curious mating posture: "

National Geographic's photo of the day brings us a peek into the tantric lovelife of the damselfly. The male arches his abdomen to move sperm from his secondary genitalia so the female can bring her genitals into contact with it, making the heartlike 'wheel position.'


(Thanks, Marilyn, via Submitterator!)


Castle Grayskull igloo in Brooklyn

Castle Grayskull igloo in Brooklyn: "

Brooklyn artist Kilroy III celebrated the snowmageddon by building a huge, magnificent Castle Grayskull (of He-Man fame) igloo. It's the artist's second attempt at a Grayskullgloo, the first being one he attempted in the 1990s in Ohio. The primary sculpting tools were a Korean soup bowl and a spoon.

SPOTLIGHT: Snowmageddon Spawns Castle Grayskull by Kilroy III & Friends | Brooklyn Igloo

Castle Grayskull | Snowmageddon | Kilroy III (Flickr)

(via Geekologie)


Homebrew junk action figures made by US soldier in Afghanistan

Homebrew junk action figures made by US soldier in Afghanistan: "
Noah Scalin sez, 'Check out these amazing articulated action figures made from bottle caps and other found materials by Private First Class Rupert Valero, who is stationed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Wilson in Khandahar, Afghanistan.

A former oil rig engineer, Valero has been a collector and customizer of 6' super-articulated action figures for many years, but since being stationed in Afghanistan he has begun making his own figures entirely from upcycled materials.'

Upcycled Action Figures in Afghanistan

(Thanks, Noah!)


Spousal irritation checklists for marital bliss, ca. 1930

Spousal irritation checklists for marital bliss, ca. 1930: "

These old data-collection checklists were used as part of a 1930s project to enable husbands and wives to give one another constructive feedback and end seething resentments by identifying and tabulating frequent sources of irritation.

In the 1930s, [Scientific Marriage Foundation founder George Crane] went around to a bunch of husbands and said, 'Hey husband, what does your wife do that annoys you?' And then he added all those complaints up and created a handy chart that let you rate your spouse against the generic ideal/anti-ideal. That's what you see in the chart above.

Happy Valentine's Day! Try Out This Marital Rating Scale

(via Neatorama)


Baby trashes bar

[Somehow this is incredibly awesome. -e]
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Trailer for the short film 'Las Palmas' by Johannes Nyholm, which is due out later this year. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin! Music: 'Låt i H-moll' by Björn Olsson, from the record 'The Lobster' released by Gravitation.)


Video: Aquatic carnivorous plant gulps a meal

Video: Aquatic carnivorous plant gulps a meal: "

In this video, you can watch a carnivorous aquatic bladderwort plant suck down tiny crustaceans in half a millisecond. Slurp! From Science News:

Using high-speed cameras, researchers have gotten the first good look at how these underwater plants spring their ambushes. Bladderworts sport trap doors that buckle in with a tiny nudge, creating a whirlpool that sucks in wee critters — all in about half a millisecond. That’s some of the fastest plant action on Earth, a French and German team reports online February 15 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B...

“Utricularia are the smallest of carnivorous plants and also, evidently, the most sophisticated,” says Lubomír Adamec, a plant physiologist at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. These netlike veggies are dotted with tiny traps, often no wider than an ant is long.

Small or not, the traps are masterpieces of suction. Pumped nearly dry, the chambers set up a pressure difference between the plant’s innards and the water outside. When swimmers brush up against a series of hairs along the trap door, the door bursts open and sucks water and crustaceans alike in.

'Carnivorous bladderworts suck up prey'